Lippistix’s INGENIOUS Lipstick Testing Patent!

Testing lipstick on the back of your hand or selecting the wrong shade may be a thing of the past, thanks to the patent pending sampling product developed by Lippistix!

This ingenious product helps consumers to test lip colour in-store or at home – before buying the end product and are designed to be displayed alongside the corresponding lipsticks in a purpose built stand.

Designed to be convenient and sanitary, Lippistix testers are made from a single piece of clear, injection-moulded acrylic plastic in the shape of a pair of lips. The lipstick colour is applied by pad printing, by lowering an ink loaded silicone pad, which fits the shape of the design, onto the surface of the plastic. The shade name in gold font is printed on the reverse. An acrylic stick allows the tester to be held up to the face and positioned over the lips for colour testing.

Image credit: Farrukh

Image credit: Farrukh

Dolce & Gabbana’s Mega-Luxe Collectors’ Range

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has released a brand new range – The Make-Up Collector’s Edition.

The mega-luxe beauty line features a limited edition bronzer, illuminating powder, mono eyeshadow, nail lacquer and lipstick, as well as a range of scented candles.

The theme of an ancient coin is at the heart of the new Dolce & Gabbana makeup line, with makeup items presented with ancient Greek theme. Special editions of The Bronzer and The Illuminator come in powder compacts pressed into the profile of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

Shop the whole Dolce & Gabbana – The Make-Up Collector’s Edition, from £18, online and exclusively at Harrods.

The Rise of the ‘Botox Bar’

The trend for walk-in injectable clinics is spreading across the US. Originating in California, the design of these clinics is based on a bar, with a shot menu and a ‘happy hour’. Bar stools accompany the reception desk and patients can book ‘Botox parties’ in either their clinic or their home.

The concept originated in California, where dermatologist Dr Vicki Rappaport launched the SKN bar, and has now spread to Tucson, where Skinjectables Anti-ageing bar hopes to become a household name.

UK-based practitioner, Sharon Bennett, said, “This idea trivialises a prescribed medical procedure. It implies to the public that there is no risk. It is unlikely that a complete medical consultation and a proper examination of the patient would be carried out in a party atmosphere and latent problems are likely to be picked up by the practitioner.”

She said, “When people think of coffee, they think of Starbucks. We want people in Tucson to think of Skinjectables when they think of Botox or fillers.”

Dr Sarah Tonks, another UK-based practitioner, said, “My problem in this situation would be that you may not have time to build a relationship or work out what would be most beneficial treatment for the patient may be.”

In Palm Beach, Florida a salon called Blowtox is a blow-dry bar that now offers Botox and fillers like Juvederm and Voluma from a board-certified physician assistant at the same time. “The concept of Blowtox  is to address your complete beauty desires in a one-stop shop,” says co-owner Lesley Keenan. “We want customers to leave feeling beautiful from the inside out.”


Olay’s ‘Your Best Beautiful’ Global Campaign

Global skincare brand Olay has unveiled its newest global advertising campaign, the first of a series starring Olay global brand ambassador, actress Katie Holmes.

In her role, Holmes will represent the Olay global brand campaign, ‘Your Best Beautiful’, by encouraging women around the world to never settle and be their best beautiful in their lives and in their skin.

The ‘Your Best Beautiful’ campaign starring Holmes will roll out across multiple channels — including social and digital media, print, television and in-store displays — beginning in mid-October in North America and Europe and January in Asia.

“We’re thrilled to have Katie Holmes help us inspire women to realize their best beautiful in the new creative,” said Leigh Radford, VP global skin care and Olay franchise leader. “Katie — a confident, modern woman — represents Olay and the voice of women worldwide who never settle in skin care.”

“I’m very excited to be the Olay Global Brand Ambassador,” says Holmes. “Olay is a brand I respect, trust and believe in. I love the products and the message to women to never settle and put their best face forward, every day.”

Image credit: Olay

Image credit: Olay

Illegal Botox Treatment Calls For Increased Regulations…

The Irish Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) has warned that the recent conviction of a beautician performing illegal Botox treatments has highlighted the need for more regulations.

“How many times must we ask for more regulation before there is a fatality?,” asked the ISAPS in response to the news. Dr Margaret O’Donnell, president of ISAPS, said that unqualified people had been offering cosmetic injectable treatments for far too long, despite repeated petitions from ISAPS and other professional bodies.

“Vulnerable people are being damaged because the authorities, for reasons we cannot understand, will not regulate the industry better and enforce what regulations there are,” said Dr O’Donnell.

“We have issued warning after warning about unqualified and untrained people performing procedures that should require years of training,” she said. “If you don’t understand the anatomy of what’s going on under the skin; if you haven’t studied the pharmacy behind every aspect of what a filler or ‘Botox’-type products can do to the body, then you are putting patients at risk.”


Meet Our New Addition – Puja Tailor!

Veblen International is pleased to announce a new addition to our team – Puja Tailor.

Puja is an Executive Search Consultant operating within the Personal Care & Cosmetics industries. She specialises in the markets of Chemicals, Ingredients, Contracting Manufacturing and Packaging Development.

Puja’s clients operate within:

  • Chemicals & Ingredients: Oils fats and waxes, active ingredients, pigments & colours. Chemical suppliers and distributors in the UK & International markets.
  • Contract Manufacturing & Packaging Development: Blue-sky concepts through to contract filling, working with high profile manufacturers and packaging specialists. Clients manufacture globally within all categories from toiletries to vitamins in the UK, Europe and the Far East.

Within the above sectors, Puja will recruit right through the lifecycle of a product – from concept to launch – encompassing all disciplines within skincare, cosmetics, fragrance, spa, hair care, personal care, beauty accessories and any other associated product.

To connect with Puja on LinkedIn, click here, or alternatively email or call 0203 727 7911


LVMH & Google’s War on Counterfeit Goods

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Google have reached an agreement in a decade-long legal battle, in which LVMH accused Google of violating trademark laws and promoting the sale of counterfeit LVMH goods online.

In a joint effort to develop new ways of engaging consumers online whilst preserving the value of trusted brands and enhancing creativity, LVMH and Google are to commit to further enhance their current extensive resources to tackle the advertising and sale of counterfeit goods online.

Recently, French border police seized £10m worth of counterfeit cosmetic gift sets labelled with brands including Dior, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and MAC, from a Dutch vehicle headed to the UK via the Channel Tunnel. Earlier this year, Dubai police confiscated the equivalent of US $4.4m in fake cosmetics and personal care products from two warehouses, and in Kuala Lumpur, 40,000 counterfeit cosmetic goods worth $134,000 were seized in a market raid engineered by leading cosmetics manufacturers and law enforcement officials.

Pierre Godé, Vice-President at LVMH, said: “Today’s LVMH-Google agreement paves the way for greater cooperation towards a safer and more engaging digital environment, brands will be protected both online and offline. This agreement is a clear illustration of the responsible approach being taken by the different actors in the digital value chain. This cooperation will clearly benefit citizens and businesses alike.”

Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, President of Southern & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations, Google, said: “We are very happy to reach this agreement with LVMH and to work together to tackle the advertising of counterfeit goods online and preserve the value of trusted brands. It is extremely important to build a safe environment for our customers and partners and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to keep them protected online. We are looking forward to engaging with LVMH, one of the world’s leading luxury brands, through our engineering, product and sales teams.”

Image credit: Fashion Parsons

Image credit: Fashion Parsons

Lancôme’s Jeans for Genes Manicure…

Back in the nineties, Jeans for Genes Day was established to raise money for Genetic Disorders UK – a charity which aims to improve the lives of around 30,000 babies born with genetic disorders in the UK each year.

In honour of the charity, Lancôme has teamed up with celebrity nail artist Kim Treacy to offer ‘denim inspired’ manicures at Selfridges London, of which ALL proceeds will go to Jeans for Genes!

Not only that, the beauty giant is also donating £5 from every bottle of Advanced Génifique serum bought between 15th – 19th September.

The denim manicures will be offered at the Lancôme counter in Selfridges on September 19th and cost £10, with all proceeds going straight to the Jeans for Genes charity.

To donate to Jeans for Genes Day yourself, simply text the unique code JFGD14 and the donation amount (e.g. £10) to 70070

Choupette Lagerfeld – The Shu Uemura Collection

Karl Lagerfeld’s now-famous Siamese cat, Choupette Lagerfeld, has finally unveiled her first cosmetics collection for Shu Uemura, which has been dubbed “Glamourpuss Luxury”.

The collection includes a lip and eye palette, blusher, lashes, cleansing oil and glitter powder, with the packaging adorned with a series of drawings by Karl.

Lagerfeld worked with Shu Uemura in 2012 when he created a 17-piece holiday collection with a cartoon spokesmodel called Mon Shu. His French bulldog, Marcel, also fronted a beauty campaign of Nars back in 2010.

Model Baptiste Giabiconi gave Choupette to Lagerfeld to watch over during Christmas in 2011 and the designer refused to give her back.

“I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food,” he said in a 2012 interview. “She even knows how to use an iPad.”

Image credit: WWD

Image credit: WWD

‘Perfection Drops’ – The PERFECT Applicator For Foundation?

Italian packaging manufacturer, Lumson, has produced ‘Perfection Drops’ – the new glass bottles with a precision dropper for the perfect application of liquid foundations.

The new bottles have been specifically developed for the application of extra liquid foundations and come with an inserted wiper to provide a clean and precise application. According to the packaging expert, no residue remains on the tip of the glass pipette and any possible product contamination is prevented.

The bottles are available with a capacity of 28 milliliters in various forms in clear or frosted glass and packs can be customised by different printing techniques. The dropper is aluminium coated with a soft part in Nitrile – both available in two colour variations. The glass pipette is also available with different tips.

Image credit: Lumson

Image credit: Lumson